I have had a rough couple of weeks. Covid finally struck our house and really did a number on us. Thankfully, we have all recovered just in time for spring. I am relieved that things are finally getting back to normal for a majority of Americans for the first time in 2 years. Now that I am feeling better, I will be reaching out to more and more people about my upcoming election.
The biggest news to me is the largest land war since 1945 breaking out in Ukraine. Aggressive Russian action is nothing new for citizens living on its borders, but this is different. Fortunately, the world’s response was different too. Although the former Soviet nation is not a member of NATO or the European Union, it has received unprecedented support both economically and militarily.
I have to give some credit to our President for his response too. Frankly, things have gone very poorly for him since the disastrous retreat from Afghanistan. It was very good to see Biden’s strong response to Russia after the previous administration’s 4 years of relaxing sanctions, giving up military bases, and fawning over Putin (https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-russia-ties-michael-flynn-dossier-2017-2). Without Biden’s policies, that is, without American intelligence, weapons, and economic support, a free and independent Ukraine probably doesn’t exist.
With the world behind American policies again, we can take the strong actions against these authoritarian regimes across the globe. With a strong NATO, we can assure our allies that freedom will be defended from tyranny. Americans and our allies can rest easy knowing that we are united in defense of one another.
With all of that being said, I wish Ukraine and its people the very best. On my website, you can find links to donate aid organizations like the Red Cross, but here is a link for other verified groups https://www.npr.org/2022/02/25/1082992947/ukraine-support-help.
With all of the Covid and Ukraine news out of the way, I have to bring up the economy. If elected, helping the economy stabilize and grow is my top priority. We have a lot of positives going for us right now (https://www.cbpp.org/research/economy/tracking-the-post-great-recession-economy). Unemployment has returned to normal, corporate profits are at all-time highs, and wage growth is the highest that it has been in years. The negatives are inflation is sky-high, everyday Americans are still struggling day-to-day, and our national debt is continuing to grow unchecked.
Starting with the positives, Joe Biden deserves some credit. Remember when Trump wanted to pass an infrastructure bill, but it was blocked by a Republican-led Congress? The reason he wanted that bill was to enable business to grow, families to thrive, and our economy be stronger. That type of government spending is smart, because it is an investment in the American people. Truck drivers use those new roads to deliver goods across the country, students will connect to schools using new broadband internet connections, families can drink clean water from their sinks, ports can be properly supported to load and unload ships, the electric grid can keep Americans comfortable in their homes and businesses, and so much more (https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/11/06/fact-sheet-the-bipartisan-infrastructure-deal/)! Compare that with the raw deal we have gotten in the past.
What did we get the last time Republicans took control of the government? A tax reform bill that exploded the national debt, while raising middle-class taxes(https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-front/2018/10/16/the-middle-class-needs-a-tax-cut-trump-didnt-give-it-to-them/). No fixes for Obamacare. No fixes for immigration (https://www.cato.org/blog/president-trump-reduced-legal-immigration-he-did-not-reduce-illegal-immigration). And I already mentioned the whole Russian thing. I am happy to have a strong American leadership again.
Lastly, I want to mention the administration’s top goals from the State of the Union Address, the aptly named “Unity Agenda.” Stopping the opioid epidemic, addressing the mental health crisis, supporting our veterans, and ending cancer. Those are the items that Republicans are currently attempting to block in the House and Senate. We need strong representatives in government that are not afraid to work with members of the opposite party to help Americans. No other country is capable of doing the great things that we are. We are eager, capable, and determined to keep this country that way.
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